104 Legation in Washington to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 199 WASHINGTON, 21 February 1946, 10.14 p.m.
1. We understand that the Council is likely to meet in Paris in late July or August to deal with the problem of transition  when it may make recommendations to the United Nations Assembly for September. Assuming that no third contributions will be made some financial liability for rehabilitation must continue through other channels. It is doubtful whether the bank for reconstruction would be suitable.
2. Meanwhile the March Meeting may make public sharp differences of opinion on relief food supplies. UNRRA countries supported by the Russians are demanding priority for themselves as devastated areas. Their chief grievances are over edible fats and oils the distribution of which is largely controlled by former neutrals.
3. Frequent conferences are being held-between UNRRA Committees and Combined Food Board Officers who endeavour to explain their lack of authority.  It is possible that UNRRA may seek allocations of food exports from member countries by some international authority and your delegation will need instructions. Detailed reports on the situation are en route by airmail.
4. We need your nominations for the Australian Delegation. Brigden could leave Savannah  in time to attend if desired.
5. Your 217. On the second contribution we had informed UNRRA that your reservation on its form probably concerns the ten per cent of free exchange. We have noted the telegram to you on this subject from London No. 1153 repeated here and await further instructions.